Book Review: The Queen of New Beginnings by Erica James

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Read between: 30th March- 1st April
Number of pages: 374
Published: April 1st, 2010
Publisher: Orion Publishing
Synopsis: Alice Shoemaker habitually goes to great lengths to avoid telling the truth about herself and her past. After agreeing to help out a friend by shopping and cleaning for the unknown man staying at Cuckoo House, she soon becomes suspicious that her strange and obnoxiously rude client has something to hide. Clayton Miller’s life is a mess. His career as one of the country’s best comedy scriptwriters has stalled, and his long-term girlfriend has left him for his ex-best friend and ex-writing partner. Just when he thinks his life couldn’t get any worse, he commits a spectacularly public fall from grace, and with the press hounding him, his agent banishes him to the middle of nowhere until the dust has settled. When Alice and Clayton discover the truth about each other they form an unlikely friendship—until Alice discovers Clayton has betrayed her in the worst possible way.

Rating: 5521e-4stars

Review: The Queen of New Beginnings focuses on Alice, a voice actress. However, she doesn’t exactly have the best luck- unlucky in love, in her work (she’s replaceable) and was very unlucky in her family life.

A family life that she keeps hidden.

And it remains hidden deep within her heart, until a stranger moves into Cuckoo House, her old family home. That stranger is Clayton Miller, a writer, recently successful but more so depressed when his co-writer stole his girlfriend.

He’s hiding from the world, under a different name, and when Alice pretends to be a Polish cleaner at the house, secrets are revealed. Alice eventually trusts him enough to tell him her story.

Rufus, her step brother, is the main antagonist of her childhood and early adolescence- but after they have a sexual relationship, things turned sour and it wasn’t just Rufus who was mean to Alice after that incident- her entire step family was. I don’t blame Rufus’s new girlfriend for doing what she did.

I liked the fact that Alice was able to finally feel comfortable around someone to tell them her deepest darkest secrets, and Clayton and Alice were really cute together, well, until he betrayed her for his own gain.

He put everything she told him into a script. Turning it into a TV show.

Obviously, the whole thing has repercussions, obviously, and I was pretty shocked to see such a change in Clayton’s character. I wasn’t surprised when Alice decided to end their relationship.

It was a shame though, I did like them together. So, I was happy when, come the end of the novel, they rekindle their relationship. Alice deserves happiness.

The end is my favourite part of the novel, because there are happy endings all around, not just for Alice and Clayton, but all those who suffered got the happiness they truly deserved.

I love Erica James’ writing and this novel was no different. I really enjoyed it!

4/5 stars.
I’d definitely recommend it!

Thanks for reading!
~Katie
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